The Thirteen Most Popular Songs, January 1982.* I can still sing along with the first 12. Even with the ones I never especially liked (#2 and #4). That's how powerful and influential Top 40 radio was in my life 40 years ago.
1. Physical -- Olivia Newton-John
2. Waiting for a Girl like You -- Foreigner
3. Let's Groove -- Earth, Wind and Fire (My favorite; though I only ever knew the refrain. Hearing it digitally makes the lyrics so much clearer than they sounded through my AA battery-operated Walkman. )
4. I Can't Go for That -- Hall and Oates
5. Young Turks -- Rod Stewart
6. Harden My Heart -- Quarterflash
7. Leather and Lace -- Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
8. Centerfold -- The J. Geils Band
9. Turn Your Love Around -- George Benson (My then boyfriend loved this one)
10. Trouble -- Lindsey Buckingham
11. Yesterday's Songs -- Neil Diamond (And now it is one of yesterday's songs)
12. Coming In and Out of Your Life -- Barbra Streisand (the girl can break your heart with lyric)
13. The Sweetest Thing I've Ever Known -- Juice Newton (Your Honor, I swear I've never heard this before in my life)
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